40 years ago in a land far away, positive thinking saved his life

UNBROKEN SPIRIT—With only five days left in his tour of duty in Vietnam, Navy Capt. Charlie Plumb was shot down by the enemy. For the next six years he was a prisoner of war in Hanoi. Above, Plumb relaxes at this home in Calabasas. Top right, Plumb is suited up for a flight in an F-11 Tiger during his advanced training in Texas.

It took several months of pacing an 8-by-8-foot Communist prison cell to teach Charlie Plumb a lesson and change his mindset.

Plumb spend nearly six years as a ...

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